Tesoro has hardly a newcomer in computer peripherals market. However, it did not manage to find its unique niche or find a feature that is fundamentally different from the brand of other competing brands. Because companies have to go more in line with the general fashion to those or other device. The good news is that Tesoro does not give up and continues to experiment, in an attempt to create an exotic product, which will not be no one else. And this time, the experiment was a success. We present to our readers review of mechanical low-profile keyboard Tesoro Gram Spectrum.
Packaging keyboard looks quite informative, basically copying the contents of the page of the official website of the product. Description of the main advantages of the product and photographs available. Damage Protection – two small damper on the sides and a plastic bag.
The bundle includes a manual and a detachable USB-braided cable. The cable has a length of 1.8 meters and a ferrite core by the larger connector.
Outside Tesoro Gram Spectrum discreet, elegant and simple. All of the top panel made of solid metal plate, above which rises the key mechanisms made by the currently popular scheme “skeleton” – no frame around the buttons. The corners of the panel gently rounded and the lower bound bent at 45 degrees down. This keyboard is available in black and white version of colors and in black it looks, of course, is much more solid.
On the keyboard there is an English engraving. The first located on top of the center and is well illuminated by integrated LEDs. Cyrillic is applied by the faded paint on the bottom right of the keys. It is nice to read by the light of the day, but very little discernible in the dark. This savings can thoroughly frustrate users who do not know the method of “blind” print.
The whole layout of the keys is absolutely standard, the left and right Shift elongated, F1 located exactly on the number “2», Win key is in its rightful place. It can be locked from the traditional response by pressing a single in conjunction with the Fn (unlocking is done by pressing this combination). Combinations of keys (F1-F5) + Fn set aside a default under the switch profiles stored in the internal memory. F6 + Fn locks all keys (lock function of children), and F7 + Fn completely drowns out the sound.
All right, too, as standard. Enter and Backspace row and long. Tesoro Inconspicuous logo is above the NumLk. Slightly to the right there are three bright LED spot blue. The first notes the inclusion of the game mode, the second – the activation of the NumPad, and the third CapsLock. For the Scroll Lock indicator is not provided. Available combinations with the Fn key in this part of the keypad: Home – hardware macro recording, Ins / Del – switch mode antigostinga (6KRO/NKRO), Pause – including a game mode, the arrow “up / down” – to adjust the brightness, and “left / right “- a choice of light effects. F8 and F9 adjust volume, and F10-F12 are responsible for media playback control.
The procedure for recording macros on the fly as follows: click the combination Fn + Home (starts blinking G LED), then the key is pressed, which is planned to consolidate the team (except for any button and the Fn Win), with blinking lights Game, and Num Lock. Then dials the desired combination of Fn + Home and pressed again to stop recording. All three lights blinked a couple of seconds and will go out, that is a sign of a successful write command. There are probably a combination of keyboard and a memory reset to the default values, but this is not mentioned in the instructions.
As switches immediately apply mechanisms of Kailh. Although formally they can be called clones Cherry MX Blue by tactile sensations, in fact, they are similar to them only vaguely. Apparently, this system is designed specifically for the Tesoro, which give them the name of Agile (movable). Body and pin switches made of transparent and white plastic, the type of mechanism indicates only its lower part, which is slightly above the surface. RGB LED mounted on the switch housing bottom. The main part of its light passes through the upper sloping face of the mechanism.
The characteristic click when pressed coincides with the activation button, which occurs already at 1.5 mm stroke. Before the stop button is held still 2 mm path. For comparison – the classical mechanisms triggered by 2 mm, and let the total is 4 mm. Reset latch is almost at the top, because after the first time, if you do not let go until the end of the cap, it is possible to produce a plurality of switch activations almost silently. The caps are made by dual injection and have a height of 6.2 mm. The standard buttons – 11.5 mm. Stabilizers on long wire buttons, keys kept quite smoothly. According to the official website at the moment Tesoro Gram Spectrum available for purchase with two different mechanisms – Blue and tactile clicks linear quiet Red.
Through the use of a thin casing, layout buttons “skeleton” and caps low profile keys, this keyboard has turned out quite fine if you compare it to other types of “mechanic”. Low height contributes to the fact that without stand under the palm of your hand it is possible to do.
Key caps have recesses in the middle, but the profile of any missing slopes. If the legs are folded, the buttons are almost in a parallel position with respect to the table surface. And when unfolded legs height back of the keyboard is increased by 16 mm and it acquires a characteristic slope. The slope is required if the user sits low. If he “hangs” over the table, it is more convenient to use the device with folded legs, that there was no strong bends the wrist.
Additional ports keyboard does not have. connection cable jack is located behind the right side of the body, on the verge of a digital block of keys.
The bottom of the keyboard and small sidewall made of matte plastic. In the corners of the housing has four triangular rubber feet on the center of the product label with the serial number. Loosen the screws on this side no – they are recessed into the top panel and hide under the keys.
Folding legs have only one locking position, the base them Rubbered.
Signal cable jack has no protection against the inflection or locking latches, so must be handled carefully to avoid mechanical damage to the connector.
All the buttons on the keyboard supports RGB-illumination, and can be customized to whatever color or disabled. Lights only Latin layout, Cyrillic in the dark, poorly distinguishable. The palette of colors looks natural closer to the right side of the spectrum (violet, green, blue color). White, red and yellow colors are displayed incorrectly. Deflection glare of light between the buttons. It can negate the decrease in brightness (available four levels and the ability to completely turn off the backlight).
Peeping out from under the LEDs do not blind buttons. However, there may throw a significant reflection of the surrounding objects. Dotted blue diodes Lock LED bright, when viewed from the right angle, in other positions, they do not create discomfort.
As Tesoro Gram Spectrum software uses an individual driver version 1.92 from 01.03.2017. End-to-date firmware version is designated number 3540 and dated 25.12.2015. Software localization is not Russian. After installation, the program is written in the startup and loaded at every system startup. Features disable automatic start there, which is quite strange, because the on-board memory of the keyboard is excellent saves all settings in the five available profiles.
Basic driver screen with the image of the keyboard is essential for all the functions, the changes taking place in it only in the lower right corner. Six top tabs allow you to instantly switch the device profiles (which can be done in hardware, by pressing a combination of Fn + (F1-F5) and Fn + Pause. Profile PC Mode is the default setting. It does not allow redirection commands, but supports the backlight setting and bind to operation of various programs.
If any other of the five remaining profiles it is possible to reassign all the buttons except the Fn and Win keys. Reassigns only single key commands, there are no special features such as call desktop or changing the sound are not supported.
For buttons, you can record and re-assign the macro. makroredaktora window allows you to write command, edit the order and time delays. Interestingly, put zero delay will not work. Interrupt executed only 25 ms long, or in the range from 50 to 12750 ms. The name of the command being executed will be displayed in the line below the image of the keyboard when the corresponding button is highlighted in yellow. The white circle in the middle, with interest on the left shows the degree of fullness of internal memory. in fact macros length only its available capacity is limited.
On any of the keys may be forced to hang up the launch of the program, or to synchronize its operation with certain applications.
In addition, any button you can simply turn off unnecessary. In this case, the picture it will be displayed in purple. Return back to the action as possible to each button individually by clicking on Default, or resetting the default profile on the whole (Profile reset).
For the color change immediately meet two tabs. The Illumination section selects the color of the keys immediately.
And Lighting Effect adjusted lighting effects. In particular: Standart – this is the same stationary lighting all buttons; Trigger – flashing lights by pressing a button on it; Ripple – light wave scattered from a triggered button; Firework – flashing down and the surrounding keys in contrasting colors; Radiation – another version of a narrower wavelength; Breathing – Breath (gradual extinction of fire and light); Rainbow – rainbow light wave traveling from left to right.
Finally, Tesoro Gram Spectrum colors – customization is the highlight of each button. For personalized color buttons can selected in “breathing” mode or “trigger” (glow when activated). Glowing keys on a picture displayed in purple, the rest of the backlight is off. What is the color of burning one or another button can be determined only by looking at the keyboard itself. Multiple selection buttons are provided, each assigned manually and individually, that when setting up the entire keyboard can take a long time user.
Let us turn to the keyboard test.
A significant reduction in the overall height of the housing is very positive impact on the overall ergonomics of the keyboard Tesoro Gram Spectrum. With legs spread out before it reaches the size of conventional mechanic. But with folded legs, feeling of use of the device resemble a thin notebook. Thus, despite the lack of support under the palms and rational angles of inclination of the series keys, the keyboard operation occurs quite comfortably and without feeling tired for a long time. Her body has a good rigidity and high resistance on the surface of the table. The appearance and quality of the materials performance is also very pleasant. Completely standard mode does not require any time to get used to the touch typing, adaptation is instant.
Although I am not a fan of the “blue” type mechanical switches, they work in Agile variant came to my taste. A clear tactile feedback, followed by a click of the average volume immediately felt much more comfortable than the classic Cherry MX Blue. The operation is also much faster. It is rather long, with a noticeable impetus at the end of the trajectory (it returns to the place of the latch). But, until the return there is a certain gap, in which the contacts have parted, and catch another stood up to the starting position. If at this moment, press the button again, there will be another operation, but without clicking or tactile feedback. Stabilisation all keys, including long, more than worthy. By the way the keyboard such as “skeleton” has another important advantage – easy to clean from dirt and dust, for which enough to remove all the caps and wipe the space between the buttons.
The keyboard has two modes antigostinga – 6KRO and NKRO, which also switched at any time by pressing a combination of keys Fn + Ins / Del. The first option (when allowed six simultaneous pressing of keys in any combination) will come in handy in case of problems with the computer start. As a rule, 6KRO more than enough for any game situation.
At the same time NKRO allowed the simultaneous operation of all buttons. Situations in which it may be necessary – are extremely rare.
Keyboard Tesoro Gram Spectrum made a very positive impression on me. Her appearance, the build quality and tactile feel of the low-profile mechanical switches caps leave behind an indelible effect of comfort and printing game. By and large is the most original product line throughout the company. The closest competitor for Tesoro Gram is HyperX Alloy FPS from Kingston, but the latter, though, not for the better different standard mechanical switches with large caps and the lack of RGB-illumination.
Disadvantages Tesoro Gram Spectrum made in the absence of illumination Cyrillic, inadequate color reproduction of some colors and uncomfortable software. These moments are unlikely to be decisive for the majority of its customers, but for some it can be a critical argument against the purchase.
Most Tesoro Gram Spectrum likely to appeal to users who deal with a set of large amounts of text. We can recommend the device as the first mechanical keyboard, and those who works on a scissor types of keys laptops. For gaming applications you should use option linear “red” switches, and in general this version can be considered more versatile than the keyboard with the “blue” mechanisms.